Code of Ethics Training Cycle Extended to 3 Years

At the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting in San Francisco in November, the board approved extending the code of ethics training requirement from every 2 years to every 3 years -- this extends the current cycle deadline from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2021. This means the current cycle, Cycle 6, is now from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021. The following cycle will begin January 1, 2022, and end December 31, 2024.

Note: Completion of the Code of Ethics training is a requirement to be a REALTOR®, set by the National Association of REALTORS®. This policy change does not affect Massachusetts continuing education requirements for a real estate broker’s license or salesperson’s license which is the completion of 12 Continuing Education credits every 2 years.

The Code of Ethics cycle change was one of several recommendations of a 2019 presidential advisory group established to study the Code training requirement. In addition, several other recommendations related to the Code of Ethics training requirement were also approved.

One of those recommendations establishes that the Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement can be an equivalency option -- meaning if you receive the C2EX endorsement during the current Code of Ethics training cycle, it will count completing your Code of Ethics training requirement.

The other recommendations approved, include:

  • That the learning objectives for the existing-member Code of Ethics training be revised to include content on professional conduct, courtesies, business etiquette, and real-life scenarios;
  • That only courses and equivalencies provided by a local, state or national REALTOR® association can satisfy the Code of Ethics training requirement. This will begin starting in 2022, and CCIAOR will distribute more information about whether a class is qualified prior to the start of that cycle.

Upcoming Code of Ethics Training Classes